Atlanta Gift Show – Summer 2014 Recap, part 1

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After a nearly 2-year hiatus, I decided to hit up the Atlanta market earlier this month. It was a fabulous experience. Retail in Atlanta continues to evolve, elevate and inspire (along with new foodie options – delish!). And then there’s the show – I forgot how impossibly HUGE that thing is! Floors after floor of decor throughout several buildings served up a feast of beautiful design. Todays post focuses on a few of the color stories emerging for autumn.

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Fall Winter 2015 – 2016 Artwork Trends from Fashion Snoops

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A cool look at incoming autumnal art style trends from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the stories they’re forecasting in womenswear & menswear for the Fall/Winter 2015-16 season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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THE ROYALS: “The hand drawn style of our graphics adds a great feminine touch to this otherwise dark and medieval trend, which is strengthened by the addition of Cautionary Tale florals and Damask wallpaper prints.”

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CAUTIONARY TALE: “William Morris was our main source of inspiration when it came to womens Cautionary Tale graphics.”

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RUBIK’S CUBE: “Rubik’s Cube is where the fun comes into play, as we see 80s and 90s inspired geometrics: seemingly random in shape.”

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BAUHAUS BLOCK: “Bauhaus, and in particular Kadinsky definitely inspire here, with a more simplistic version of geometric lines and color blocks with a mathematical element to them, as the geometrics are symmetrical and balanced.”

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PEN AND INK: “Doodles, sketched faces and traditional screen printing methods come together within Pen and Ink.”

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COLLISION: “We have combined an illustrated anatomical element as well as referencing music and science with edited photoreals. Great texture is added with newspaper cut outs and blueprints as backgrounds.”

The full versions of Fashion Snoops Fall/Winter 15/16 Original Artwork reports for women and men are available in the WeConnectFashion Trend Shop. They have carefully selected the top print and pattern call outs for the season and created a series of original inspiring print themes for your use. The artwork has been designed solely for Fashion Snoops and is available for download as a PSD/AI file, copyright free.

 

Fan Favorite – Atlanta Gift Show

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I’ve spent an inordinate portion of the last 20 years or so walking trade fairs. Let’s just say it takes a lot to stop me in my tracks. But it happened last week in Atlanta when I turned the corner and collided with the Design Legacy booth. Suddenly I was confronted with a decidedly unique and unabashed point of view; a sort of Southern-Tricia-Guild-meets-MOMA type of thing with a dash of Vintage for good measure. Vibrant, optimistic and over the top. It boldly stood out in the crowded mart as a breath of unexpected creativity. (Design Legacy is a Texas-based wholesaler, selling to the trade only – so no shopping links this time, I’m afraid! But you can ask your local specialty decor retailer to consider stocking the items, and some pieces will be available on-line with various retailers this fall.)

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Today’s Track – Tell Me if You Still Care, SOS Band

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Since I’m in Atlanta this week, I thought we’d celebrate one of my all time favorite groups originating from these parts. The SOS band was in serious rotation among my social set back in high school as a sort of R&B anthem to puppy love. I listened to this particular tune over and over and over again, having taped my vinyl onto cassette so I could handily tote it – and my baby-blue boom box – around as needed. Tell Me If You Still Care by the SOS Band from the album On the Rise, 1983.

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A Well Kept House

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I’m a fool for silkscreening, especially in modern – yet simple – decor products. Which is why I went completely gaga over Keephouse Studio, which was founded in 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia by designer Alissa Kloet. Her original surface designs are combined with functional materials to produce a line of textile and wood accessories that are made by hand in small batches. Lovely! (As always, click to shop!)

Geo Pattern Serving Tray, $58

Geo Pattern Serving Tray, $58

House Pattern Large Tray, $75

House Pattern Large Tray, $75

Flora Pattern Small Tray, $58

Flora Pattern Small Tray, $58

Geo Pattern Napkins, $28

Geo Pattern Napkins, $28

House Pattern Napkins, $28

House Pattern Napkins, $28

Line Coasters set of 4, $25

Line Coasters set of 4, $25

Flora Coasters set of 4, $25

Flora Coasters set of 4, $25

Preserves Pattern Tea Towel, $25

Preserves Pattern Tea Towel, $25

House Pattern Tea Towel, $25

House Pattern Tea Towel, $25

Recipe Box, $28

Recipe Box, $28

 

Today’s Track – Freedom, George Michael

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Road trip! Yup, today we’re headed up to a cabin in Northern Minnesota for a good dose of family fun over the Fourth. Being the designated driver somehow earns my hubby tunage control, which means I’m in for a long drive filled with Classic Rock and 1980’s top 40. Sigh. So, I invite you to join in – lighten up, let loose and enjoy this flashback dose of Independence Day-themed Road Trippin’ music! Freedom by George Michael from the album Listen Without Prejudice, 1990.

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Decor, Cabin Style.

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Many of us in these parts are heading up to the lake for a long, holiday weekend. Which gets me back on the subject of decorating cabins. For reasons foreign to me, plaids and duck prints have taken hold as staples over the years, and I’m frankly not sure that’s necessary. Today I’ll share a few fun alternatives to chic up the cabin…

West Elm - Framed Print, $58

West Elm – Framed Print, $58

West Elm - Log Vases, $19 - $29

West Elm – Log Vases, $19 – $29

One Kings Lane - Leigh Rug, $45 - $939

One Kings Lane – Leigh Rug, $45 – $939

Terrain - Cast Iren Fire Pit, $398

Terrain – Cast Iren Fire Pit, $398

Target - Threshold Bryant 3-piece Adirondack set, $238 (sale)

Target – Threshold Bryant 3-piece Adirondack set, $238 (sale)

Home Spun Style - Jute Pillow Cover, $24

Home Spun Style – Jute Pillow Cover, $24

Barn Light Electric - Drake Copper Pendant, $199

Barn Light Electric – Drake Copper Pendant, $199

Ikea - Backabro Sofa Bed, $799

Ikea – Backabro Sofa Bed, $799

Catherine Picone - Lake House Fish Pillow, $29

Catherine Picone – Lake House Fish Pillow, $29

Roux Specialities - Rock Candleholder, $29

Roux Specialities – Rock Candleholder, $29

Smith & Hawken - Round Basket, $39.99

Smith & Hawken – Round Basket, $39.99

Real Wood Works 1 - Stump Table, $219

Real Wood Works 1 – Stump Table, $219

Angela Adams - Mountain Doormat, $45

Angela Adams – Mountain Doormat, $45

West Elm - Paper Mache Animal Sculptures, $84

West Elm – Paper Mache Animal Sculptures, $84

Fighting for Joy - Striped Italian Linen Pillow Cover, $30

Fighting for Joy – Striped Italian Linen Pillow Cover, $30

Sugar Scout - Reclaimed Tolix Arm Chair, $178

Sugar Scout – Reclaimed Tolix Arm Chair, $178

Momplaisir - Turquoise Fish Plate, $19

Momplaisir – Turquoise Fish Plate, $19

Momplaisir - Turquoise Fish Cup, $19

Momplaisir – Turquoise Fish Cup, $19

Target - Threshold Geometric Throw, $19.99

Target – Threshold Geometric Throw, $19.99

Terrain - Copper Mansard Lantern, $68 - $98

Terrain – Copper Mansard Lantern, $68 – $98

Pillow Link - Linen Stag Pillow, $30

Pillow Link – Linen Stag Pillow, $30

Luda Melin - Set of 4 Tree Ring Print Coasters, $12

Luda Melin – Set of 4 Tree Ring Print Coasters, $12

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